Assembling a Mr. Saturn
Good ol’ Marcus Lindblom is still up to his gaming antics – it’s been like almost 20 years since he worked on EarthBound’s localization but he’s still in the industry! He has his own game company now, Carried Away Games, and he’s just put up a Kickstarter for his latest creation, The Robot Apocalypse!
(See more info here)
Marcus has been such an awesome, gracious guy over the years, interacting with EarthBound fans and sharing memories of the project and such that I really want to see his latest endeavour succeed, even though it itself isn’t EarthBound-related.
…Or is it???
If you’ll recall, a few months back Marcus was planning to do a book about his experience working on EarthBound, but Nintendo shot the idea down. So, since that’s a no-go, he’s decided to share that wealth of information over the next few days and weeks online, sort of as a side-project that will run parallel to his game’s Kickstarter.
The info will be free for all to see, and I think he plans to start in a few days. I’m not exactly sure where he’s going to post them, so keep an eye on his Kickstarter updates here, and while you’re there, consider backing his game 😛 It sounds like his first EarthBound update might be about his run-ins with the real-life Japanese cult that inspired the Happy Happyists in EarthBound!
There’s even more, though! As you might recall, back when Marcus was working on EarthBound, his daughter Nico was born. Nintendo was cool and let him add a reference to her into the Magicant part of the game:
The thing is, she’s never played the game herself before… until now! It sounds like Nico is going to play the game now and give her own thoughts about the game too, which sounds pretty cool: a girl who appears in EarthBound, born during EarthBound’s localization, is finally playing the game she appears in! Marcus will be updating with Nico’s thoughts and impressions, which should be really neat.
But wait, there’s EVEN MORE!
Back in November we held the EarthBound Bash down here in Tucson, Arizona, and Marcus was the guest of honor. While he was here, I also lent him a cartridge version of the MOTHER 3 fan translation so that he could finally try it out if he wanted. Here he is trying it out during the Bash, in fact:
Anyway, he hasn’t gotten very far into it yet, but he’s planning to play through MOTHER 3 now and share his thoughts on parts of it! That’s like, the craziest, most awesome honor I could ever ask for 😯 So I really look forward to seeing how he might react to certain things, or possibly hearing about how he thinks some content might’ve been changed back in the old days.
Again, I’m not 100% sure where he’s going to post this, so just keep an eye on his game’s Kickstarter here over the next few days/weeks, since it sounds like he’ll post the info and/or links somewhere there.
Whew! So much stuff! Basically, Marcus is a cool dude who’s brought a lot of awesomeness into our lives, so let’s return the favor and do the same for him! Check out his game here and consider backing it, even if it’s just a few bucks 😀
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